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Research Project: Enhancing the Quality, Utility, Sustainability and Environmental Impact of Western and Long-Staple Cotton through Improvements in Harvesting, Processing, and Utilization

Location: Cotton Ginning Research

Title: Evaluation of prototype high-capacity roller-gin reclaimers

item Whitelock, Derek
item Armijo, Carlos
item Funk, Paul
item THOMAS, JOE - Lummus Corporation

Submitted to: ASABE Annual International Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/9/2019
Publication Date: 7/9/2019
Citation: Whitelock, D.P., Armijo, C.B., Funk, P.A., Thomas, J. 2019. Evaluation of prototype high-capacity roller-gin reclaimers. ASABE Annual International Meeting, July 7-10, 2019, Boston, MA. Paper 1901880.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: High speed roller-ginning technology developed has been applied in ginning both Pima and Upland cotton. Operation of high speed roller gins at or near their potential ginning rates necessitated a higher rate of seed cotton carryover with the seed than was normal for conventional roller-gin stands. Existing seed cotton reclaimers cannot adequately handle the increased carryover and either become a bottleneck for production or do not adequately separate the ginned seed from the seed cotton resulting in excessive lint and seed loss. This presentation summarizes work to develop a high-capacity roller gin reclaimer. Several modifications to two experimental cleaners were tested. It was determined that the experimental reclaimers lost less cotton fiber than the conventional reclaimer, but the conventional reclaimer lost less seed. Further analysis showed that the estimated cost of the lost fiber was more than the cost of the less valuable lost seed. The new reclaimers may be more beneficial to the producers.